Answers to Common Bicycle Fitting Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about bicycle fitting.

What is the process for a bike fitting?

Brian Jans, Premier Health physical therapist, explains the process for bike fitting. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


In fitting a bicycle, a physical therapist will take measurements of the cyclist and of the bike to arrive at a recommended setting and positioning of the bike and its parts, the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s AssociationOff Site Icon (OATA) states.

The cyclist will get on the bike and do a warm up for five to ten minutes, and then the bicycle fitter will videotape the cyclist during a dynamic aspect of cycling, says Brian Jans, Premier Health physical therapist and Serotta International Cycling Institute Certified Fitter.

It’s important to remember that the bicycle is adjustable, and the cyclist is adaptable, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). Another vital factor is in choosing the appropriate bicycle for the type of cycling activity intended by the user.

Talk to a certified bike fitter about the process for a bike fitting.

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Source: Brian Jans, PT, DPT, SCS, Premier Health Sports Medicine - Upper Valley Medical Center